Originally Published by Washingtonian on 03/30/2020
Written By: Andrew Beaujon
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at cartooning, Politico staff cartoonist Matt Wuerker will hold a virtual workshop Wednesday at noon. Registration is free. Wuerker, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for his work, recently held a private virtual session that was popular with his coworkers’ kids, and decided to open up the next one to the public.
Wuerker has lots of experience teaching: He’s taught at UCLA and at a men’s prison in California. (The children of his colleagues, he notes, are less interested in applying the techniques he teaches to tattooing, though he notes “in some similar circumstance they’re sort of locked up” as well.)
You may eventually emerge a fully trained political cartoonist afterward, and Politico hopes to do more of these sessions, but Wuerker says he’s initially going to concentrate on how to express yourself, how to “tame the line,” and how to do basic shading. The workshops were inspired by Mo Willems’s “Lunch Doodle” videos on the Kennedy Center’s website. He promises an approach “Somewhere between Mo Willems and the New Yorker.”
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